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Poster: reviewr Date: Nov 6, 2011 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Spectrum 1972 Dark Star - Morning Dew

A real nice critique of the Dark Star from the Archive:


Reviewer:scottie78 - - February 11, 2009
Subject: Dark Star aka 'Acid Jazzgrass'
This is why love the Dead so much...well, there are other reasons too, but...such a phenominal Dark Star inspired

me to kinda lay out what I hear...is it what you hear? Hope it helps you explore...

(0:01)
- Theme
- Theme exploration
- Drifting away from the theme, getting spacey
- Jammy, trying to find their groove
(4:38)
- Jerry reminds us it’s Dark Star
- Jammy, exploratory
- Instruments really speaking to each other, you can hear the progress
- Space Jazz
- They can’t maintain bliss for too long, by law, so they fall back and keep exploring
- Phil sneaks up on you, then drops a Dark Star hint
- Jerry follows suit into the theme
(11:43)
- Theme in full
- Phil drops his post verse theme lick
- They drop quickly out of the main theme and into its 2nd cousin
- They become very mellow and exploratory, you can tell they have somewhere to go
- They pick up pace, they have left the launching pad
- They begin to dabble in some real pure jazz, but they remain afloat and uncommitted
- Acid Jazz
- Jazz
- They just keep flowing, really beautiful stuff
- They draw back a bit and get more exploratory, spacey
- Jazz (you think they’re peeking…)
- Space Jazz
- They ease off and get more spacey
- They’re afloat, very mellow (is that ‘the wheel’ I hear, ‘China Doll?’)
(30:00)
- They pick a direction and begin building
- It begins to morph into something beautiful
- Acid Jazzgrass --> THE SONG/SHOW PEEKS
- Jazzgrass
- Rock Jazz
- GDTRFB Jazz (a different take on an awesome theme, they stick to it, yet play a brand new song)
- They quickly slowdown, flow, and become ‘Morning Dew.’

...and it's still early in the second set...great show...